The realities of being young, unemployed and poor in post-industrial Britain

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Abstract

Poverty is a complex cultural phenomenon that is very much in existence in contemporary post-industrial Britain. A young person’s poverty-striken situation, in addition to their marginalised hierarchal position, shapes their repetitive life cycle comprising different but interrelated forms of marginality. The young people in this ethnographic study were found to experience marginalisation in their education, training and work spheres, as well as in their community, family and home. The purpose of this article is to carefully analyse the link between marginalised young people’s (in)ability to participate in key social systems and their (lack of) access to financial, cultural and social resources.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-175
Number of pages16
JournalPower and Education
Volume8
Issue number2
Early online date3 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016

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